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9 signs you need to call a drainage specialist

15th June 2022

Ever wondered what signs to look out for with your drainage systems? You’re in luck! Below we have listed 9 signs to look out for before you need to call a drainage expert.

We all want to be able to take care of drainage issues as they arise or turn a blind eye and hope they go away. But the reality is that if you leave drainage problems to ‘go away’ they will inevitably come back and become a much bigger issue. We’ve listed the 9 signs you need to call a drainage expert

1. Bad odours

One of the first signs of a badly blocked drain is bad odours, it may start to smell like sewage water or rotten eggs. It could mean that the valve isn't working well and must be replaced or repaired.

2. Slow drainage

If you notice that your sinks and shower are taking longer than usual to drain, or even not at all, you may have a blockage. Something could be clogged up disrupting the usual flow of water.

3. Sinkhole in your garden

If you notice a patch of grass is unusually wet or the ground is starting to dip, this is likely to be a sign that you may have a collapsed drainpipe. There are many reasons a pipe might have failed, but the key is getting a professional to look at it promptly.

4. Poor water pressure

When turning your tap on and the water pressure seems low, even after turning it all the way, this is a sign that something could be inside the tap causing a blockage. Never attempt to unblock it yourself as you could cause more damage, potentially putting holes in the pipe, leading to a leak.

5. You’re buying a new house

Buying a new house is a big investment, you wouldn’t want to go in blind without knowing if you’re investment is worth it. We recommend having a drainage expert survey your drainage systems to make sure they are in good, working order and don’t pose any immediate risks to your new property.

6. Gargling/running water noise

Hearing gurgling water could be caused by a blockage, meaning water is trapped or the drainage system is trying to get air. Hearing running water noises when your bathroom or kitchen isn’t in use can indicate that you have a leak somewhere.

7. No water

Having no running water could mean that you have a serious leak you didn’t know about, this will need to be inspected straight away. There of course could be a simple fix, but there is a chance this could be a severe problem. We recommend having this looked at as soon as you can.

8. Outside drains overflowing

Your outside drainage system links your property to public sewage lines. If the drains in your garden are overflowing, there could be a problem with your exterior pipework. Being an external problem, we’ll be able to tell you whether or not the cost of the repair is your responsibility.

9. Natural drain unblocker doesn’t work

Using a natural unblocker to clear and clean your drains can help remove clogged debris, however, when you try your usual method and it doesn’t work, it can be an indicator that the problem is worse than the simple drain blockage you are used to clearing yourself.

These are just some of the signs you need to talk to a drainage specialist. We are happy to offer advice and assist in any issues that you may be having with your drains. At Cotswold Drainage we have 25 years of experience servicing Evesham, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Cotswolds. Our extensive experience means we have a lot of knowledge and have dealt with a lot of drains, ranging from repairs, servicing, installations, lining and blockages. We know the common problems, and myths and have seen it all. Well, most things!

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